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Editorial: Life and Death: New Perspectives and Applications in Forensic Science

Javan, GT, Benbow, ME and Ralebitso-Senior, TK (2021) Editorial: Life and Death: New Perspectives and Applications in Forensic Science. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9. ISSN 2296-701X

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Death is a universal phenomenon and what happens after life has led to extensive forensic ecology research. Consequently, we now know that the shell of the once living provides fertile ground for other life forms, spanning prokaryotic microbes to large, vertebrate scavengers. This ephemeral patch of newly available resources also provides rich sources of evidence that can be used in death investigation. In recent years there have been substantial advances in technology that have facilitated the research and application of human remains decomposition in ways that harness theory and basic understanding of the ecological and evolutionary sciences (Tomberlin et al., 2011). To that end, this special issue covers the most recent perspectives and research that explores the complex ways that the once living can provide important information to the forensic sciences, in ways that can ultimately be applied to the judicial system and its processes. It is within this context of linking basic research in death and decomposition to applications of forensics that the special topic was born.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0602 Ecology, 0603 Evolutionary Biology
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 09:52
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 10:00
DOI or ID number: 10.3389/fevo.2021.725046
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15586
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